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  1. Most updated pics can be found at https://www.tumblr.com/blog/joshdashef | I use Tumblr as my picture hosting platform | Previously I had a RF Prime 750.1 going to two RF 12 4DVC on stock electrical and big three. New Build Equipment Active Setup from HU: Pioneer 80 PRS Front Stage T2652-S powered off a P600X4 (4 ohm | speaker per channel) Lows 2x P3 4DVC powered off a DC Audio 2k (1 ohm | Dual 1/0 inputs) Batteries Starter - Walmart Group 51R | Reserve - XS D3400 (Flat 6 bolt) Alternator Mechman 240 Blue Wiring RCAs - Rockford Fosgate 20ft | Sky High 1/0 Blue (2 runs) | Sky High 10 gauge (subs) | Front Stage Speaker Wire - undecided matching Sky High 14 gauge Fuse Holders / Gauges Blue Seas Analog Volt Meter | Stinger Volt meter (red) | Sky High dual anl fuse holder (two for main power and one for sub amp input) | SMD Fuse Blocks 3x dual 1x single Planned Upgrade List 3 pairs of RCAs Done New Wider False Floor Not needed New Sub Enclosure 2x12 or 1x15 DONE 2x12 Amp Rack for Dc 2k and four channel Done Distribution Block/Fuses (trunk) Done Dual Fuse Mount under hood Done Replaced with SMD dual fuse holders - Thanks audiofanaticz Running two runs of 1/0 Sky High OFC front to back Done Battery Mount for XS D3400 Done Mechman HO Alternator Done New Headliner New Rear Parcel Tray or Reinforce old? Fix Gas Lid Wire Done Stinger Volt Meter for front and rear batteries Done Treat doors for new mid woofers Outer skin treated, need to cover holes with thick metal sheet and rivets Run speaker wire for mids and highs Done Install train horn in rear bumper Setup LEDs above amp rack Done Install distribution block and run +/- 4 or 8 gauge for it. 4 gauge +/- Done Run speaker wire for subs Done temporarily (will be upgrading to posts like these or something similar so I can parallel at them instead of the sub) Sound Deaden areas; Doors (outer skin middle 1/3 done and focus directly behind speaker) Roof Wheel Wells Hood Trunk lid (lower 1/2 done) Trunk spare tire (1/4 done) Parcel Tray Head Unit: Pioneer 80 PRS Amp: Subs / Old Q-power Box: Under Hood: Day 1: Strippin 'er down Trunk Cabin | Rear/Front Seats Removed and some panels including center console (didn't get a pic of rear seats will do tomorrow)
  2. Hey guys I'm finally doing videos and updates of all the things I've been doing to my car over the last few years. I stumbled into the world of car audio a little over a year ago so im still learning. Its nice to have a community of intelligent people that I can bounce some ideas off. Let me know what you think! Teaser Video:
  3. So I finally decided to make a build log,it's nothing like most of the builds here but hopefully some of you will enjoy it. It's mostly complete but still have more gear to get and make some changes in the near future hopefully.. Any and all comments/suggestions/recommendations are welcome...Here's the gear as of now...... RF T1462, RF T2652-S, RF P1T-S, RF old school power tweeters, Boston Acoustics SC60 and 5.25's, RF T400-4 (tweets), RF T600-4(mids), RF P500-4(temp for coaxial speakers but will be replaced with my P500-2 for DD W6.5's for midbass), RF T2500-1 bdcp, 2 RF T2D412's, RF 3Sixty.3, RFC10HB, Stinger power/speaker wire,sound deadener, volt meter and 220 amp alternator(replaced with EA),SHCA speaker wire, RF power & speaker wire, Second Skin B-stock deadener, NVX sound deadener & remote turn on module, Dynamat Xtreme, XS Power D3400 (front) D1200 (rear), Project DB dual 1/0 inputs, Excessive Amperage 300 amp alt, SMD DD-1,CC-1 & VM-1 (not installed yet), Tech Flex, Xscorpion heat shrink,split loom,terminal connectors,1/0 crimp connectors and some fuses, PAC turn on module...... I may have forgotten some things but they'll come up in the pics.. Pics coming soon,I have to look on my sd card for any pics I didn't upload to Photobucket..
  4. Here we have John Enzweilier"s 1993 Chevy Silverado Ext Cab pickup with the 90's Rockford Fosgate equipment. John's truck has the following gear: Pioneer DEX-P8000R Head Unit (5) Rockford Fosgate Punch 200x2 Amplifiers (1) Rockford Fosgate Punch 400x4 Amplifier (8) Rockford Fosgate Punch DVC Special Edition 12" subs ESB Audio 8000 6.5" component speakers 3.5" JL Audio Coaxials 6.5" JL Audio Coaxials Stinger OFC Wiring / Distribution Note: this is not an SPL setup, just a fun old school install. Don't get too caught up on the numbers... See OSS Meets Playlist: https://is.gd/ossmeets Watch video on YouTube in 4K UHD or embedded below:
  5. My system plays great when the cutting out doesn't happen. I have A Kenwood Excelon X501 Headunit (5v SW pre-out) 2 P3 D4 12s with a Rockford Fosgate Prime R-1200D ran at one ohm. However, this problem occured at both one and 4 ohm. My problem only happens once in a blue moon its very quick and it never happens on hard bass. It usually happens right after a long hard hitting note, then it will cut out on that weird frequency only then go right back to banging, No matter what song or source I use if the song plays that frequency it will cut out. IT happens with Choices (Yup) by E-40 that is one of the many songs with the weird note in it. Problem doesn't occur at lower volume only at 22-28 which is what I usually listen to it at since that gives out the most clean bass. Any tips or ideas would be appreciated. I am an installer at a local shop and have been for a year now this has only been a problem wince I switched to the rockford system. I tied another rockford amp did the same thing with the parameters set the same. People at my shop are leading towards voltage regulator but the amp is the only thing having the issue. I checked all my wiring multiple times seems as good as it can get. I did make my own box and it was only the second one I made, and the first one all by myself. My last thought for what it could be Is I built my box poorly and its causing me to need to overpower the subs in order for them to sound like they should in a PROPER box. But if that is the case and I am causing it to clip why would it only cut out on that one frequency? When it cuts out it jumps down to 12 volts for a split second with hard bass. When it cuts out it jumps up to 15 volts for a split second then goes back to normal. I multi-metered at the amp both the power lead and remote lead both spike at 15 volts when cutting out. When it cuts out all that happens is the Blue Power Led turns RED. I have pictures of my build in my garage.
  6. So... The plans have changed a little bit, no wall but two 12's now The reason for making this new thread. Old thread https://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/205731-my-first-audio-build/ The car Still a lot more to deaden! Btw i've used Silent Coat and STP ak04 premium So the new plan(setup) will be as following: HU: ?? don't know yet Subs: 2 Phoenix Gold Elite.12D4 Subs Amp: Rockford Fosgate Power T2500.1 Mids and Highs: Phoenix Gold Elite.65CS Components Mids and Highs Amp: Rockford Fosgate Power T400.2 Electrical: Ground Zero GZBP 12.3500X battery under the hood XS Power XE 12-110 battery in the back 180 Amp Alternator OFC 0 awg power/ground/big 3 OFC 4 awg power/ground OFC 8 awg subwoofer wire OFC 10 awg speaker wire Rockford Fosgate Fuses Rockford Fosgate Fuseholders 6x Rockford Fosgate RCA’s 10feet 2x Rockford Fosgate PEQ remote controller Some dual inputs Stinger voltmeter Some parts I'm now waiting on the 0awg and 10awg OFC wire to come thru the mail, then its all complete.. Box is finished just need to wrap it. Thanks to JOE X for the box design!! It's for 2 zv4 12's but i'm hoping it will work fine with the Elite.12's You'll be hearing from me soon, as soon as ive done some more work
  7. Looking for some computer equipment, I have a ton of stuff I want to trade or sell. Looking for 1-2 High end graphics cards, Nvidia 1070/1080 or better. Pro audio amplifiers like a Crown or QSC and high end home audio amplifiers like outlaw audio,emotiva, bryston, pass labs Have to trade or sell (2) NIB Zapco Sq4x's Orion XTR-475 (old school, used) Rockford Fosgate 1200.1 prime, new but got rid of the box for some reason (2) American bass xfl 8" Misc. Sky high wiring, a 4 gauge amp kit, DD-1 and CC-1
  8. Hey so I've only been having this issue since I switched out my subs and amplifier from a kenwood excelon set up to the rockford amp and subs. Whats happening is the amp BANGS all day no matter what at the lows but the moment it gets to a higher frequency seems like a punchier frequency (I wish i Knew what frequency it was but i Just know its not the low end probably way closer to 80hz), it goes into PROTECTION mode. I thought at first it wasn't getting enough voltage and my battery tested at 50% cause i do have a battery tester at our shop, so I changed my battery today and I'm still having the same issue. I know its not my wiring because i had no problems with others amps and subs ect. Rockfords support tech keeps saying its clipping at this certain frequency, which I'm not eliminating yet, but the thing is I have my gain set to just under 7, and it was still doing the same thing even when i had the gain set to under 5. and it doesnt hit nearly as hard as it should be unless i turn the gain closer to over half. I just want to know what i can eliminate and what i should try if you guys are familiar with this issue. If my amp is clipping why wouldnt it be clipping on the lows and only does it on the highs? Another thing is it hardly does it when I'm parked, mailny does it when I'm driving which is really irritating because I want it when I'm driving I could care less about being parked as this is just my daily driver. Any advice would help. The other 3 installers at my shop said battery and rockford only said clipping.. I also tested my alternator with our snap on tester and it also tested good. All that rockford said was too turn down the gain but I know those subs can handle what I'm giving them at least I would think.. Radio is outputting full 5.0 volts Gain = ~60% Lpf = ~25% Punch EQ = 0 subsonic filter = 50% 2005 Dodge Stratus 2 Rockford Fosgate P3D412s with RF R1200 Prime Amplifier 4 gauge rockford power and ground wire 12 gauge rf speaker wire down to 1 ohm Kenwood Exceleon kdc x501 subwoofer level set to +10 sub lpf set to through
  9. I’m new to the forum, but have been a huge fan of Steve’s for a long time now. So naturally, I decided to come to his forum to hopefully get some advice on completing my system for my 2013 Impala LTZ. I already have a Pioneer AVH-x5800bhs installed, as well as some infinity kappa 6.5” components up front, and 6x9’s in the rear deck. They’re being pushed by my Fosgate t400.4. I’m having my sub enclosure built as I’m typing this. I’m running 2 DC Audio Level 4 15’s on a T2500.1bdcp. I just purchased the 8 channel Fosgate 360.3. Wanting to upgrade my components up front to something that can handle the power that t400.4 puts out, running an active front stage on that amp. Ordered a t400-2 to run some rear fill, so I’m gonna need some good 6x9’s to run on the t400-2. I don’t want to do any door mods to fit anything I’d prefer something that will work in he factory locations with as little customization as possible. Can anyone suggest some mids and highs for me? Won’t let me upload pics of my subs and amps. File sizes must be too large since that error message keeps popping up. Update- link to pics below https://postimg.org/gallery/1u7obg2a6/
  10. Decide to build a new box for some old rockford fosgate P1 10's that were freebies in the expedition that is the new "daily". Also not used to kerfing, so gave it a shot. Used a circular saw and a router with a flush trim bit to make everything match up pretty well (dont have a table saw).
  11. Well i didn't remember to take any pics of cutting out my panels due to some frustration with my table saw but this first pic is me testing to insure i cut everything correctly it all aligns and i can start other things Did some google searching and traced a couple images that I'd possibly incorporate in to this build Pulled it all apart and started assembling and painting the port and baffle
  12. So I just recently got into car audio, and first went with a single rf 12 in a prefab box... later upgrading to a dual prefab box. I haven't experienced crazy bass but to me they hit pretty good even though I'm running them both at about rf's rated 750 watts (birth sheet rated 860 watts.) My current setup is with the QBomb(power) dual 12 box and two p3d4-12s wired to 2ohm each then wired in parallel internally by the R750-1D into 1ohm load. The vehicle I'm using is a 08 Honda civic ex, with all stock electrical right now. I have two questions. 1. Is it worth it upgrading the box into a custom ported one? or even a custom sealed one? 2. If so, how would I go about making my own design or bouncing them off this forum? I tried to use WinISD but I'm not sure if what I'm doing is correct, and I don't understand how to calculate the BL or Z (picture below). All the manufacturer lists is the Magnet Weight (oz): 96 oz. (2.73 kg.) but doesn't give amperage? "The formula is mass in grams divided by the current in amperes" Does this mean the amps drawn by the subs rms rating? I'm not too sure where to go from here but any help or advice would be appreciated -Josh
  13. So as the title states I am soon going to be putting my first custom bass setup together, however I'm not as knowledgeable as some of you guys about various brands etc. I've narrowed it down to 3 potential subs and want to know which one you guys think would suit me best. But first, some information on everything else, I will be running the sub on its own in a 2.1 cubic foot box tuned to 34hz. The sub will be powered by a EVO2000.1 amplifier (maybe) running at 4ohms which according to the website should put out about 1000w RMS. So now you know what the rest of the setup is I'll list the three subs. The first is the Vibe BlackAir 12 v5 Black Edition, the sub is rated at 550w RMS and has a dual 2 ohm voice coil. The next sub is the Alphard Machete M12D2 Sport, this one is rated at 750w RMS and also has dual 2 ohm coils. The final sub is the Rockford Fosgate Punch Series P2D2-12 rated for 400w RMS (probably a bit overpowered at 1000w but that's why I'm asking here first) and has dual 2 ohm voice coils as well. Links to each sub with more info: Vibe: http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/vibe-blackair-12-v5-black-edition-12-subwoofer-1600-watts Alphard: https://caraudiomotions.co.uk/product/alphard-machete-m12d1d2-sport/ Rockford Fosgate: http://caraudiosecurity.com/punch-series-p2d2-12-12-p2-2-ohm-dvc-subwoofer Please take it easy as like I said I'm not as knowledgeable as others, this is also my first post so sorry if any rules are broken. Please be nice! Any help appreciated. Thanks
  14. Taking it back to the old school with the 1999 Rockford Fosgate Power 1100a2. This is one of Rockford's most powerful two-channel amps ever. It's rated to deliver 275W/ch at 4 ohms, 550W/ch at 2 ohms or 1100W at 4 ohms bridged. It also promises 1460 watts dynamically at 4 ohms using the IHF-202 standard test (1kHz, 14.4 volts). We take a look at the amp's exterior, interior and try it out on the Amp Dyno...Check it out!! Watch on YouTube in 1080/60p or embedded below:
  15. I did a quick search and couldn't find the answer. I was wondering what is the max wattage that can be pushed to 2 Rockford Fosgate P3D4's wired down to 1ohm. I am still in the planning stage and want to make sure I get the right amp the first time. Thanks. http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/products/details/p3d4-12
  16. FOLLOW LOG FOR SPRING '14 UPGRADES! Larger MechMan, More XS Power, RF Stuff, SHCA Cable +, & more!!! FOLLOW LOG FOR SPRING/SUMMER '13 UPGRADES! RF, Fi Audio, XS Power, MechMan, Stinger, Knu, & more!!! Installed in Spring '12: (Everything Is Box-Fresh New, ... except Kicker ZX550.3 - which I bought brand new in '05 ...) Pioneer FH-P8000BT Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 (6.5" Components) Kicker Comp C12 (2 12", 4-ohm, SVC) Kicker 05ZX550.3 (1st Generation) Axxess GMOS-01 & ASWC Dynamat 4awg POS/NEG Runs Big 3 Pioneer FH-P8000BT - AM/FM/CD/USB/iPod/AUX1/AUX2/BlueTooth ... Installing the Kappa Perfect 6.1 components in same location as the OEM components, w/ minimum modifications needed. XTC foams used to protect them, but cut open on the bottom backside to allow for venting & wire connections. Since the Infinity x-overs are so large, I am mounting them in the trunk, & keeping the front door panels in one piece, & everything will look OEM with the stock grilles untouched. Amplifier is a Kicker 05ZX550.3 - 3 channel ... 2 channel stereo & a mono block side for the subs to run in 2 ohm mode ... Everything is new, including the amp ... even though its model year is 2005, & it is well-rated over its stated power, etc. (NOT my photo.) Kicker Comps. (NOT my photo.) The trunk volume of a 2003 Monte Carlo is 15.8cf. NO part of the car's rear deck/chassis is being cut or altered whatsoever - which I think is important, ... I firmly believe in not messing with a vehicle's structural integrity. This is my first time with an IB. I have always done the two 12's, sealed, & been done with it ... but the booomin' of those enclosures has worn thin on me after 20 years, ... so I wanted to do something different ... & something no one else around here has really done, or is doing, & certainly reclaiming trunk space for road trips, shopping, etc., is an extra, added bonus. I am paying particularly close attention to wood thickness, & mixture of types of wood, & sandwiching the MDF to give the bass a "warmer" sound by eliminating any high-pitched echo effects from the denser MDF, etc. I will radius the openings slightly as the platform makes its last transition "up" from MDF to birch to help kill any air noise that may have wanted to creep up, & out ... I will break out the bondo for that task ... Smoooooothness ... I do not expect too much vibration, but I will still use Liquid Nails to seal the "planks" together, & some coarse deck screws to further secure the structure. Additionally, I have large pieces of 1/2" - 1" of very dense foam in which to place between the top of the mounting platform, & the bottom of the rear deck ... looking in from the trunk ... where the factory amp/booster used to be ... I may have to use two pieces of foam, each one the FULL size of the rear deck, to get the desired leveled mounting. Besides the nearly 1" pieces I do have, I have as thin as 1/4" ... Therefore I do have options, & am not left to shove this in there with 2" or 3" of foam, & being left to deal with it. The type of IB platform/baffle I am building here is the following: One piece of 3/4" MDF sandwiched between two pieces of 3/4" genuine baltic birch. Then a ring of 3/4" birch is glued, screwed, & bondo'd to the bottom, & the sub will be screwed to the rings, & "hang" on either side like a cow's utters so they can "fire" up through the rear deck where the OEM 6x9's used to be housed. Well, this is what I have for right now, hopefully I have grabbed someone's attention enough that he/she got this far in the post. Leave a MSG! Follow me! Give me warm wishes. Criticism. Bitch me out! Just do NOT tell me that Ford's are better!!! *** EDITED IN 2014 BECAUSE PHOTOBUCKET SCREWED UP MY LINKS & FOR HEADER CHANGES ***
  17. I have a R.F. P600.2. For the longest time it was working just fine. Then one day it just stopped. I finally nailed the issue down to the Power Block (Power, Ground, Rem) area. If i lift up on my wires just a little bit the amp turns on with no problem. But it only lasts for a few seconds. I think that i have to re-solder the connections internally. but im not sure...any ideas?
  18. HELP i have been searching around for really good 6.5 components, this truck had memphis audio coaxial speakers in all 4 doors doors already and have been in the truck since 2010 so they are way outdate. I have been buying and trying different brands and models of coaxials 6.5 speakers in my vehicles and so far the alpine type R were the best sounding. I've never bought components and crossovers before, i have always just stuck with coaxial because they are quick and easy replacements. I put a crunch PX-1000.4 amp behind the seat to run my door, RMS at 4 ohm is 75w RMS at 2 ohm is 125w. They got way louder but the sound quality was terrible. What component/coaxial speakers should i go with and what amp should i use to push them? Has anyone heard or tried the Focal R-165s2 6.5 120w rms 2-way components? I also have a Skar Audio VVX-10v3 D4 600w rms 1200w dual 4ohm that i am getting ready to build a box for under the seat or the console. i haven't decided on an amp for it yet, depends on if i just do one 10 or do 2.
  19. I am planning on building a sub box for a RX8, but since the trunk is small, my options are limited. I might use either a single Rockford Fosgate P3 - 10" or 12". But I've heard about 'port noise' and was wondering if my design would make the noise I am using 5/8 MDF The dimensions are in the pic:
  20. FuriousFusion09

    Sound System Help

    Hey guys. Ok I just hooked up my sound system and I'm not getting any bass. I have my factory HU and used a line out converter for my RCA hook ups. I double check all my connections and everything checked out. I have 2 12" Rockford Fosgate P3D4 subs and theAR3000.2 BOSS Amp. Is there something I'm missing as to why I can't get any bass through my Subs? 2009 Ford Fusion SEL
  21. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybcae8ab2wk8lpu/AAAv7q56eXz8jgqNPksJ3tlha?dl=0
  22. So I purchased a 04 Jeep Liberty Rocky Mountain edition just recently and of course the stock sound system had to go lol. Right now the jeep has a 4" lift and some 31" tires on some M/T SideBiter wheels. Tinted 35% all the way around except for windshield which has a 35% 5" strip. Stock Radio (Lame) New Radio Okay here we go Sub box 2 15's in a 7ish cuft box tuned to around 30.5ish hertz. Kind of messy lol 2 american bass HD 15s dual 2 ohm Okay so I still got tons of work to do lol should have way more pics tomorrow. Right now the sub box has about 1/2 a gallon worth of fiberglass resin and all corners and joints where wood meets wood have 2 layers of fiberglass and to top it all off I bed lined the whole inside of the sub box.
  23. Getting back into car audio a little bit and was curious about something. Currently I am using in my setup a Rockford 360.3 processor and a Prime R400-4D amp active setup on my front stage 2-way components. Sounds really good, I can not complain. Prior to that I was running a Punch P500-2 on my front stage using passive crossovers and the 360.3 processor. I started looking around at other amp options now that I am confident in the active setup. I started looking at brands like McIntosh, Zapco, Arc Audio, Nakamichi, also the RF Power series, etc that are well known for SQ products. Both newer and older. Then I started looking at the older RF A series like the 600a4 and the 800a4 that were made in the USA. THE MAIN QUESTION Anyone that work on amps or maybe have more knowledge about amps then most able to chime in on amp quality today vs say the late 90's early 2000's when it comes to sound quality and build components? My biggest hang up may be nostalgia vs facts. Thinking that the RF 600a4 is just a better build then say going with the newer T600-4. When my guts is saying newer technology, cost in materials being lower, the newer products should be better.
  24. Alright so this is my first topic started on SMD so bear with me. I've been watching builds on here for the past couple years as a bystander, meanwhile doing alot of my own and I thought it was time to get in on the benefits of showing what you got and get input from other Car Audio Fanatics! This build is my personal truck that Ive had for about 4 years. 2003 GMC Sierra crew cab 2500HD with a vortech 8.1L. As for audio upgrades Ive been through many different set up's gradually building up to this, but this set up is so I can figure out where I can go bigger as far as subs and amps. Here is what we have so far for audio 2003 GMC Sierra w/ 8.1L Alpine INE-S920HD 3 sets of Rockford T2 6.5's 2 sets of Rockford T2 5.25's 1 Rockford 360.3 2 Boston acoustics spg555 subs in 5cu.ft ported box tuned to 36Hz 1 ea. Rockford t2500.1Bdcp,t600.4, and a t400.4 2 Xs power d3400's, and 2 Xs power d2700's LOT's of RF 1/0 power and ground recently added some SHCA 1/0 as well! DC Power 300amp alt 1 SMD VM-1 Rebuild/ truck change...2004 GMC Sierra w/ Duramax!! pg 19. Other upgrades 2 DC 5k's 4 DC XL 10's 2 DCPower 300spx alt's 2 XS D3400's and 3 D2700's All SHCA 1/0 wire and 16awg speaker wire 4 RF T2 6.5 comp sets 2 RF T2 5.25 comp sets 1 RF t1000.4AD 1 RF t600.4 RF 360.3 processor LOT's of SMD Meter's plenty of custom fabrication ] These are some 4" off road HID's I bought and fit to my factory bumper. Lighting is terrible where I live so having limo tint makes night visibility very bad, so I threw these in so they automaticaly come on in reverse but they are also on a relay to a flip switch so I can turn them on when I want. So tailgaters beware these are freaking bright!! They can light up a few blocks to say the least, I flipped them on when a buddie of mine was following and he had to come to a complete stop because they blinded him so bad. He was pretty pissed off ! Ill post some better pics when the truck is done so you can see how good they light up ]/URL]
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